Protect the NHT from future raids

Friday, March 17, 2017

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Dear Editor,

As I struggle to be a progressive Jamaican, I do so without hope, pride and dignity. I am led to walk with my head searching the ground.

Who can bring us hope? Not the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), and certainly not the People’s National Party (PNP).

The National Housing Trust (NHT) was created, no doubt, for the working class. But whether you earn minimum wage or among the elites you were given a chance to own your home by paying your share of dues. The PNP now has to be quiet as they are ashamed for having set the precedent for the JLP for pillaging the NHT. They were the first bandits that chose to remove funds from the NHT for purposes that had nothing to do with the providing of affordable homes.

The more I listen to their silly excuses after years of mismanagement, the more I wish as a nation we can muster the moral authority and force the true intention of Michael Manley to prevail and for his people to once again see their dreams and aspirations fulfilled.

Whom can we turn to now to save us?

We may have to strike a deal. Just to show you that we care about our country, take the money for this fiscal year, with the hope that you will create a better economy; then, pass a law that now prohibits anyone from utilising NHT funds.

Both the JLP and PNP have got a taste. The next government that even thinks of removing funds must be executed by the people, whose sweat and blood created the funds in the first place. That’s how serious poor people’s money must be taken.

Neville Grant




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